@unmanneddrone I chose the recon class. The main downside I guess is weapon degradation, but the perks in health items and armour are nice. Slightly less carrying capacity too, but I like a tidy inventory anyways. I was considering the sniper for range management. That has been a bit of an issue.
Overall I feel like I picked the right class for my playstyle, but close encounters are particularly brutal. It must be very different as a sniper.

I don’t know if anyone is playing Skyrim on PC, but there is a mod which is kind of like a ‘Hardcore mode’ for realism geeks. Filling Food and Restful Sleep http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3135#content